The Great Gatsby
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Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.
Released in 1926, this was the first film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel and the only one done while he was alive. However, while the trailer exists, this silent version is considered a 'lost' film today. Professor Wheeler Winston Dixon (James Ryan Professor of Film Studies at Neb.-Lincoln U.) made extensive but unsuccessful attempts to find a surviving print, noting rumors of a survived copy in an unknown Moscow archive, but dismissed these rumors as false. The film opened to mixed reviews, as it played up the party scenes at Gatsby's mansion, emphasizing their scandalous elements and running just a scant 80 minutes of length.